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What is this?

Red plastic rectangular typewriter (a); open keyboard with standard alphabet on black keys; two ribbon spools, each with orange button in center; red handle on back. Contoured, rectangular matte red plastic case (b), open on one side, into which typewriter slides; black rubber tab on each side of opening that attach to and secure typewriter.

Why is this in our collection?

Intended by Sottsass, a designer and architect, to be the “antimachine machine,” the Valentine made a vivid statement in a market dominated by somber appliances. The bright red plastic casing brought emotion to the typewriter, differentiating it from business machines and inspiring the literary crowd.

This is a typewriter and case from Italy. It is dated ca. 1969 and we acquired it in 1986. Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.

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Its medium is

molded abs plastic, metal, rubber

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a): 10.3 x 33 x 34 cm (4 1/16 in. x 13 in. x 13 3/8 in.) H x W x D (a, b: with case): 11.5 x 34.5 x 35.5 cm (4 1/2 in. x 13 9/16 in. x 14 in.)

It has the following markings

On top "made in Olivetti plant/Barcelona - Spain."

We have 1 video that features Valentine Typewriter And Case, ca. 1969.

Collections in Motion: Valentine Typewriter

Senior objects conservator Annie Hall opens up the case for the iconic Valentine typewriter, replaces the ribbon, and types a short message. This is a study object, not the same typewriter housed...

This object was manufactured by Ing. C. Olivetti & C. S.p.A. and designed by Perry A. King and Ettore Sottsass, Jr.

This object was donated by Patricia Pastor and Barry Friedman

A timeline of event horizons

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Valentine Typewriter And Case, ca. 1969 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=5 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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